Proposed Metrolink stop at Event City

Winter start for £350m Metrolink Trafford Park extension

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, has granted Transport for Greater Manchester legal powers to progress its plans for a £350m Metrolink extension to Trafford Park.

Work on the 3.4-mile line could begin this winter, with a target of it being operational by 2020/2021.

TfGM has been working on plans for the Trafford Park line for a number of years, and will shortly appoint a contractor.

Trafford Park itself is the largest major employment zone in Greater Manchester outside the city centre and is home to more than 1,300 businesses and 33,000 jobs.

The Trafford Park line will increase the size of the Metrolink network to more than 66 miles, served by 99 stops. The extension will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new tram stops at destinations including Wharfside, near to Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum, business areas through the industrial park and visitor destinations such as Eventcity and the intu Trafford Centre.

The majority of the new route is not on roads to ensure faster, more reliable journey times.


The £350m funding package to build the line has already been secured by Greater Manchester Combined Authority through the ‘earn back’ funding arrangement as part of the Greater Manchester devolution deal.

TfGM consulted on plans for the new Trafford Park line during a 12-week public consultation in summer 2014, with 89% of comments in favour. An independent inspector presided over a public inquiry into the proposals in 2015.

Trafford Council leader, Cllr Sean Anstee, said: “This is great news for Trafford and the Greater Manchester area. It will bring countless opportunities for further investment in the borough and across the region.

“Excellent transport links are vital to make Greater Manchester as attractive as possible for businesses to establish themselves here and, with them, more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

“Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority has worked closely with TfGM to enable this proposal to come to fruition and I want to thank those whose hard work and effort has managed to achieve this wonderful opportunity for the borough.”

Metrolink has tripled in size in recent years as part of a £1.5bn expansion, making it the largest light rail network in the UK.

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Brilliant. is there a map of the route?

By T

They should have extended this through to Stretford via Urmston instead of wasting money on the pointless 1 stop Second City crossing.

By Elephant

Good news

By zebith

Have they got the green light to go all the way to Port Salford?

By Chris

Thank you for adding the map.

You can’t see the detail there but I believe it will run along the water at the quays; I hope they retain the waterside path, it’s one of my favourite running loops.

By T

Map on Metrolink website….Better than the bus services have to use now….

By Schwyz

You can find some more detail here

By Bob Allatt

Concilio et Labore

By Mizzer

The second city crossing isn’t pointless – it’s for capacity. You can’t have more lines elsewhere if you don’t have capacity through the City. It’s obvious to most.

By Anonymous

With the approval of the £1billion Trafford Waters scheme nearby – it would have been prudent to have included a stop for this development site in the original plans. Easier to accommodate infrastructure first than develop around it. Its called town planning. Lets hope Peel and TfGM can put their heads and wallets together and include an amendment to the proposal and secure a coherent transport system for the area. Surely a win-win!

By Mark Hammill

Actually Mark, its called transport planning. Very difficult to get things the “right” way round: people criticised the supposedly pointless Pomona stop for this reason. There are contingencies for incorporating Trafford Waters into Metrolink; putting the main route through it isn’t necessarily the best option.

By Sir Rod

Mark – that would have either meant putting a big kink in the route or including a spur that could in reality be to nowhere – only time will tell whether Peel actually deliver that £1billion of development. If and when they do built out Trafford Waters, it will be relatively easy to put a spur to serve it.

By Bilbo